Material Girls

When an interior designer extraordinaire and an artistically minded fashion designer team up to produce a line of textiles, step back aesthetes: this is going to be a fine thing to watch! This just happens to be the Productrazzi caveat for the founders of Root Cellar Designs, material girls Tamara Matthews-Stephenson and Susan Young. Root Cellar […]

The Playful Search for Beauty

Have you noticed there continues to be a fixation on nostalgia? Should we continue to blame it on Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner or is this merely a cyclical flow resulting from our humanly drive for something new to think about? I suppose it doesn’t matter what’s causing the backward glace in design that makes […]

Bonfire of the Vanities

When a product lights my heart like a torch, it’s a special moment. I had one of these occurrences when I spotted Ornare’s Manhattan vanity in the Brazilian manufacturer’s July newsletter. Destined for the Fendi Chateâu Residences in Surf Side, Florida, in a classic blue lacquer finish, these stunning beauties were designed by Brazilian architect […]

Kaufmann Mercantile, Where Materials Matter

I was enamored with Kaufmann Mercantile before I went to the company’s about us page to see who could have brought together a collection of home-goods with such quintessentially timeless qualities. When I read the caveat, “We believe a product should last a lifetime rather than clutter a landfill,” I knew I wanted to feature […]

Tile Envy Between the Covers

“My first meaningful encounter with tiles came in the form of an unremarkable cathedral whose only ornamentation was a spire covered in deeply colored mosaic tiles,” wrote clé founder Deborah Osburn in the introduction to her new book Tile Envy. “Not only did the tiles completely elevate the structure from drabness, they also protected it […]

A Thread Runs Through It

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be granted a sneak preview at the new spring products being introduced by Welspun when I visited the company’s showroom in the Textile Building with a group of bloggers to talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR). I enjoyed meeting Malene B, the president and design director of Malene […]

Talent Comes to Town

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show opens tomorrow and the buzz is growing by the nanosecond. As I was going over the programming schedule, I came across Barbara Westbrook’s name, quite a lucky happenstance since I had just received a review copy of the Atlanta-based interior designer’s beautiful new coffee table book published by Rizzoli. […]

Beachcombing with New Ravenna

I’m obsessed with beachcombing. Perfectly preserved shells excite me but I have been known to grow ecstatic when spotting a piece of beach glass worn velvety smooth by its perpetual tumbling in the ocean’s restless ebbing and flowing. I’m like one of those sea turtles bent on reaching the glint of the moon on the […]

Jason Wu Designs for Brizo

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicks off today, and there are a handful of fashion designers Productrazzi will be watching as they debut #FW15 collections; one in particular being Jason Wu, as I’ve been a fan of his since I accompanied eighteen other social media early adopters—as one of the original Blogger19—to experience the fashion designer’s […]